"City Hall" as written by Daniel P. Battenhouse, Joseph King and Isaac Slade....
The city hall in my mind, met last night
Rumors of reelection started to fly

It's my funeral today, my funeral today
I laid it down Underneath the sound

It's my principle concern, my principle concern is what you say
But I wanted it this way.
Cause I'm throwing down without a fight

You're more than welcome to look around
Consult your checklist go underground
I'll claim a stake here inside the frame
But I'm going under another way

I won't return after today
So I'm at liberty to say what's on my mind
And it some I like

You can't watch me, you can't make me like before
When I was yours when all I wanted was the door
So I'm throwing down without a fight

You're more than welcome to look around
Consult your checklist go underground
I'll claim a stake here inside the frame
But I'm going under another way

Decision on the dock head
Make up your mind and if you get consensus
Drop me a line

The city hall in my mind, got together last night
Rumors of reelection started to fly


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"City Hall" as written by Isaac Slade Daniel P. Battenhouse

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    General Commentno comments? this song is like honey.
    morgan_macdon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs this a political song or a song about freedom from an oppessive relationship?
    UhnointedFaithful1on September 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhere can you get this song? is it like in an album?
    1stepbehind29on January 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"The city hall in my mind
    Met last night."

    I think this song draws a parallel between a political system in deress (under oppression) and his opressive relationship. Factions in disagreement are in debate, as are the factions of his mind. All of this leading to his own failure to figure out what he really wants.

    It also smacks of resignation and subordination to a higher power, perhaps a girl, who controls him with her whim. He's given up on determining what's best for himself, and allows the "decision on the docket" to "make up [his] mind". Meaning, the court (again with the political, legislative theme) will make his decisions for him.

    "Rumors of re-election
    Started to fly."

    Could signify that he doesn't know whether or not he wants to renew his relationship for another "term" (as in office).
    pikabooon January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a relationship ending in kind of a way the guy expected. The "rumors of re-election" that started to fly were the feelings that he sensed about his girlfriend thinking she should probably be in a different relationship.

    There aren't very many comments on this one, but it's a great song off of Reason, their first album. Download it if you get a chance
    RadioIsJammedon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a relationship ending in kind of a way the guy expected. The "rumors of re-election" that started to fly were the feelings that he sensed about his girlfriend thinking she should probably be in a different relationship.

    There aren't very many comments on this one, but it's a great song off of Reason, their first album. Download it if you get a chance
    RadioIsJammedon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome, but they took it off of youtube. Since it isn't on the cd How to save a life, then can anyone direct me to to a website and maybe provide some linkage to where i can hear it once more? Where I don't have to download and pay for it?
    kmanimalon September 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song, to me, is basically about a man going back to an ex-grilfriend and asking her if she wishes to get back with him on certain conditions. Hence the Line "Rumours of re-election started to fly" because the possibility of her being 're-elected' back onto his mind was very possible.



    It's my funeral today
    My funeral today
    I laid it down
    Underneath the sound


    It's my principal concern
    My principal concern is what you say
    But I wanted it this way

    I think that is referring to how he always had the best intentions for her and always put things aside for her concern hence funeral 'under the sound' because he was emotionally withering without her.

    You're more than welcome to look around
    Consult your checklist, go underground

    I think that line is a reference to the popular notion that some people make checklists of the good and bad stuff about their spouses and thats why he's saying she can do whatever is necessary as long as he can get a final answer. He also mentions how he is not gonna stick around any longer because this is the last chance and since he has nothing else to loose he can tell her exactly what went wrong and what could be done about it.

    He basically leaves her a message saying a lot of this and tells her to call him "drop a line". And we're left with the notion that he is waiting for a final answer.
    Tleilaxuon November 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti it is about just going out of your mind. also not having hardly any control over your own life.
    smileartiston May 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with smileartist. It's about not being comforatable with your life and self. Guys looking for the cd this song is on. Try looking in a Walmart, maybe Target for The Reason cd by the Fray. I bought the re-release. It's green with like classic photos from the library of congress. The only songs missing are the two songs Joe sings, but they are on the album The Movement, which people online are petitioning to have re-relased as well.
    Prowler Kidon September 05, 2008   Link

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